Analyses that determine the level of triglycerides
The blood test that determines the level of triglycerides is called lipid profile. This analysis measures both cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Frequency of analyses to determine the level of triglycerides
Analyses that determine triglyceride levels should be made annually after the age of 20. In case of increased risk of high triglycerides, the doctor may recommend such tests more often.
How you prepare for triglyceride analyses
For triglyceride analyses, the patient should not eat anything on the morning of taking blood samples, nor consume coffee with sugar or other sweetened drinks. Thus, it ensures that the results are relevant.
Interpreting and diagnosing an abnormal level of triglycerides
Is the normal triglyceride level dependent on age?
Yes, as with cholesterol, the normal level of triglycerides depends on the age of the patient. Optimal values for adults and children are different.
Does the normal triglyceride level depend on sex?
Sex also has an impact on the optimal level of triglycerides. For example, among 20-29 year-olds, the optimal triglyceride level for men is 103 mg / dl, while for women it is 97 mg / dl.
Menopause also contributes to increased levels of triglycerides in the blood.
Can children have too high a level of triglycerides? Why?
Children may have too high levels of triglycerides due to obesity. The metabolic syndrome caused by obesity triggers an increase in triglycerides in the blood.
Can children have too low a level of triglycerides? Why?
Children also suffer from too low levels of triglycerides, especially if they suffer from malnutrition or malabsorption syndrome.
What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome occurs when the patient presents both a risk of cardiovascular disease and a risk of diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is often found in the company of large triglycerides, that is, whose value exceeds 150 mg / dl.
What Is X Syndrome?
Metabolic X syndrome is a series of 5 risk factors that predispose you to diabetes, heart disease and even heart attack – here are the risk factors:
• Increased blood pressure
• Increased blood sugar (insulin resistance)
• Abdominal fat
• Increased triglycerides
• Low “good” cholesterol (HDL)
Triglycerides and cholesterol – what’s different and why they should be watched together
Both triglycerides and cholesterol are lipids, i.e. fat. Both are transported to the blood with lipoproteins. The high level of both can cause cardiovascular problems. The difference, however, lies in the role that these lipids have in the body.
Triglycerides are converted into energy, while cholesterol is used to create cells and hormones. Cholesterol helps the body “build” while triglycerides are transformed by the body. These two lipids should be monitored together because both of them depend on the patient’s cardiovascular risk.